Youth Week activities returning in 2018
Youth Week 2018, the nation’s largest celebration of young Australians, is just around the corner and Maitland is joining the rest of country in hosting a range of activities between Friday 13 April and Sunday 22 April.
Council’s Manager Community & Recreation Services Laurie D’Angelo says, ‘Maitland’s young people are the future of our city and it is important that we support and encourage the contributions that they make to our community. The Youth Week celebrations are an opportunity to really show what Maitland's young people can do.’
Council helps fund events in Maitland through the Youth Week Grant Program, which has been developed with the help of local young people, working alongside youth agencies and organisations from across the city.
One of the exciting events will be Skate and Relate, which will be held on Thursday 19 April from 11.00am to 2.30pm at Rutherford Skate Park. It is being run by Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council and is aimed at showing the talents of the young competitors.
Skate Park Urban Art is on Friday 20 April from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Thornton Skate Park. It is a hands on Urban Art workshop that will see the Thornton Skate Park being painted by young people, for young people.
Vibes Outside is on the same day from 2.00pm at Lions Park outside Maitland Library. The Maitland Youth Action Team will be behind the mini music festival which will showcase young local musicians and there will also be a pop up skate ramp on hand.
The final Youth Week event is the Skate Demonstration and Competition at Swamp Stomp on Sunday 22 April from 10.30am to 1.00pm at Woodberry Public School. Swamp Stomp is a community festival so the skate competition will be an inclusive and family friendly event for all.
‘Maitland’s Youth Week events provide an avenue for young people to express themselves and help raise awareness of the issues our young people face. By being involved in all levels of planning and management of the events, Maitland’s young people are also gaining important skills and experience,’ said Ms D’Angelo.
All Youth Week activities are drug and alcohol free events and more information can be found by visiting youthweek.nsw.gov.au To see how Council’s involved go to maitland.nsw.gov.au/youth-week